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August 19, 2013

Cowboy football players start hitting books as school starts

STILLWATER, Okla. —

With classes beginning Monday on the Stillwater campus, Oklahoma State football players got the day off to focus on the first aspect of their college titles — student-athletes.

“I’m actually looking forward to it. It’s my last semester here, so I’m actually ready to get it started,” senior running back Jeremy Smith said.

While the upperclassmen know what to expect this first week of balancing practice and classes — with many of them happy to be winding down the final semesters before graduating — for the freshmen, this will likely be a daunting task.

“It’s just a little different,” defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said. “It’s a different kind of tired, a different kind of strain. As opposed to us just getting them up and working them, it’s emotional strain. ...

“It takes a couple of days. We always talk to them about that. The first couple of days we’re practicing when school starts, it’s a grind. I’ve seen it for 25 years. It happens every year.”

For several OSU seniors, however, the start of class is welcomed. For linebacker Caleb Lavey and offensive lineman Parker Graham, the start of school means the beginning of Master’s classes — which translates to few hours over the semester.

“I don’t have that many classes to take any more — I think it’s like nine hours, which is great because I had been taking 15 the past three years,” Lavey said. “The thing is, most of mine are online, so I get to sleep in then go to practice around noon. I’m pretty excited about my schedule.”

Though much of the classwork will be online, there will also be plenty of offline work to be done for the Master’s program.

“It’s less burden, but there’s more classwork. There’s a lot more papers you’ve got to write, more interviews you have to do,” Graham said. “I didn’t really realize that. I have a class that I’m required to take every semester and I have to do extracurriculars I wasn’t prepared for.”

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